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Jim Harbaugh says A.J. Jenkins “did OK” despite zero catches


San Francisco receiver A.J. Jenkins did not catch a pass in the 49ers’ second preseason game, meaning he still has just one catch in the preseason — the one he promptly fumbled. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is defending Jenkins’s performance.

He did OK,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “It’s a step.”

Jenkins did have a 21-yard catch that was called back by a holding penalty, and although some have blamed Jenkins for a pass that Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith intercepted, Harbaugh said that was a bad pass by backup quarterback Colt McCoy.

“Smith’s a heck of a player,” Harbaugh said. “But on that route he got the interception, A.J. had a step on him. The throw should have been out in front, not back shoulder.”

As the 49ers’ 2012 first-round draft pick, Jenkins has been a major disappointment, failing to catch a pass in his rookie season and looking shaky this preseason. Jenkins may have been “OK,” but teams usually want more than just “OK” from a first-round pick.

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19 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh says A.J. Jenkins “did OK” despite zero catches”
  1. wryly1 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:56 AM

    Perfect time and opportunity for Jenkins to step up, but so far it doesn’t look like he has what it takes.

  2. souldogdave says: Aug 18, 2013 6:57 AM

    Damning with faint praise, lol.

  3. Neftali Ramos says: Aug 18, 2013 7:07 AM


  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 18, 2013 7:24 AM

    Pull the plug.

  5. ronzim says: Aug 18, 2013 7:34 AM

    Harbaugh lies so much, I wonder if he tells the truth to himself?

  6. mullman76 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:34 AM

    He’s like DHB, but much worse.

    Go Raiders

  7. 76seahawk says: Aug 18, 2013 7:46 AM

    Keep doing it just like that AJ…

  8. folkcrusader says: Aug 18, 2013 8:04 AM

    Sounds like the word has come down that they are keeping him another year. First round busts are so hard to cut, everyone thinks – if only.

  9. ronamadeo says: Aug 18, 2013 8:59 AM

    “He did OK,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “It’s a step.”

    lol. Was that out of habit? We’re talking about the our new first round bust, not our old first round bust.

  10. fryeways says: Aug 18, 2013 9:00 AM

    If he’s not working out, cut or trade him. No reason for a strong team to accept weakness just to save face on a high pick.

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:12 AM

    im sure he is on the trading block, just wont find anybody that will continue to pay him as a 1st rounder, unfortunetly all teams has that player that was drafted too early n didnt pan out, but its still early , only his 2nd year

  12. spittabeatz says: Aug 18, 2013 9:18 AM

    The daily bashing of you watch the games or do you look at the stat sheet afterwards..and why would anyone blame the interception on Jenkins, the pass was yards short of where it should of been thrown

  13. mrlynch33 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:26 AM

    He has some time…but it is running out. I think he needs longer spikes after that slip and fall.
    Also, he needs to be getting passes from Kaep, not McCoy. That way we can really see what he’s got. Hard to have high expectations when the QB is throwing bad balls.

  14. vermonator says: Aug 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    What’s the deal with Jenkins? Looks like another red shirt year for him. I don’t think he gets cut, but I don’t think he’ll be active for games either. Even Rashaun Woods had 7 catches for 160 yards and 1 touchdown in his rookie season. How much better is Jenkins?

  15. blvckhvwks says: Aug 18, 2013 12:53 PM


  16. warmcoorslight says: Aug 18, 2013 6:55 PM

    Classic harbie, denying the obvious. As far as AJ having some sort of trade value, that’s just silly. Who’s going to pay first round money for a guy who can’t make an already bad receiving corps. It’s not like the reason he can’t make the team is because he’s surrounded with talent and depth.

  17. raiderapologist says: Aug 18, 2013 9:41 PM

    There is some shame in cutting a 1st round pick, but there shouldn’t be.

  18. northbynw27 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:25 PM

    What a joke.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 20, 2013 12:51 AM

    Now we know why Harbaugh was being careful not to toss Jenkins under the bus. The 49ers swapped WRs with the Chiefs.

    I think it’s officially a “bust” pick at this point. And I think there will be more in the 49ers future. Yes I’m referring to Eric Reid.

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